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The MV "Key Guardian" enters the Tyne17 Aug 2011

The Port of Tyne welcomed another record-breaking ship this week. The Port has invested £5m in dredging operations and quay improvements to deepen the channel to allow deeper vessels and can now accept some of the world's biggest cargo ships.


The MV "Key Guardian" entered the river on Tuesday with a cargo of coal and has again broken the record for the deepest ship to enter the Tyne.

At 13.165 m draft she is some 35 centimetres (14") deeper than the last record holder the Alam Penting which held the record for two weeks.

The Key Guardian brought 71,200 tonnes of coal to the port (slightly less than Alam Penting as she was wider).

"We are now seeing the benefit of the major investment in dredging the river," said the Port's Chief Operating Officer Steven Harrison. "With an improved river depth we can now accommodate the bigger ships that our customers require and that means we can be even more competitive."

The Port of Tyne is a major Trust Port which invests all profit into the development of a vibrant and sustainable port for the future.

Facts for ship spotters:
MV "Key Guardian" is a Panamax Bulk Carrier

Length Overall: 229.0m
Breadth Moulded: 32.24m
Gross Tonnage (GT): 44,366
Net Tonnage (NT): 27,213

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